Monday 2 August 2021

Life Memberships for Gebhardt and Aitken

The club will hold a short ceremony Wednesday to award two members with the honour of "Life Member" - Ron Gebhardt and Gerry Aitken.

Ron has been a longtime member of the club and has acted on the executive board as secretary. For several years he was also in charge of rentals. He would go to the club to open it up and then teach guests how to lawn bowl. Ron was also the guy to call if you needed something fixed or transported. He participated in jitneys for years as well as participating in our in-house tournaments and provincial tournaments.

Gerry was the club's vice-president for many years and was largely responsible for getting the upper green turf replaced. He worked tirelessly on applying for grants, caring for the greens, and finding others to work the greens. He and Pete Simpson from Royal Lawn Bowling Club in Edmonton were responsible for starting the Medicine Hat Memorial Tournament - a tournament designed to get those who don't go to regular provincial tournaments to participate. They wanted an experienced player, a novice player, and a new player to form a team for the tournament. This tournament has been put on hold the last couple of years dues to Covid, but we hope to get it going again in 2022. Gerry was always welcoming of new bowlers and was patient with them by helping them to learn to roll a bowl and by teaching them the intricacies of the game. 

The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, August 5 starting at 6:50, just before jitney. Anyone is welcome to attend. 

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